Endocrine Surgical Grand Rounds

Associate Professor Mark Sywak is an Endocrine Surgeon who has strong interests in thyroid cancer and minimally invasive surgeries of the thyroid, parathyroid and adrenals.

He is a graduate of the University of Sydney Medical School and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has also completed fellowships in Endocrine Surgery and Surgical Oncology at the University of Calgary and at the Tom Baker Cancer Center in Canada.

He plays an active role in research, having completed a Masters of Medicine Clinical Epidemiology, as well as authoring numerous scientific papers.

A/Prof Sywak continues to be an enthusiastic teacher of medical students, trainee surgeons and colleagues. He is the Head of the Department of Endocrine and Oncology Surgery at Royal North Shore Hospital and a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney as well as Supervisor of Surgical Training for the Northern Sydney rotation of the College of Surgeons.

A/Prof Sywak holds multiple hospital appointments – he operates at Royal North Shore Hospital, Northern Beaches Hospital, Mater Hospital Sydney and North Shore Private Hospital.

Data:  13 May 2019
Time: 6pm
Location: Carslaw LT173

SUSS April Journal Club – Paediatrics

SUSS April Journal Club – Paediatrics

SUSS invites you to our April Journal club, where this month we’re focusing on frontiers in paediatric neurosurgery.

Preet Makker will present a case report discussing the multidisciplinary approach to separating craniopagus conjoined twins (joined at the cranium). The complex surgical approach required 3D modelling and the input of neuroradiologists, intensivists, paediatricians and neurosurgeons to achieve success.

Neil Mgaeith will then compare outcomes between the use of robotic and manual paediatric neurosurgery to provide accurate, safe and minimally invasive solutions to surgical problems in what can often be difficult variant anatomy with no margin for error.

Join us at the RPA Institute for Academic Surgery on Wednesday 24th April at 6pm.

Presenters and Papers:

Preet Makker
Heuer, G. G., Madsen, P. J., Flanders, T. M., Kennedy, B. C., Storm, P. B., & Taylor, J. A. (2019). Separation of Craniopagus Twins by a Multidisciplinary Team. The New England Journal of Medicine, 380(4), 358-364. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa1805132

Neil Mgaieth
Benedictis, A. D., Trezza, A., Carai, A., Genovese, E., Procaccini, E., Messina, R., Marras, C. E. (2017). Robot-assisted procedures in pediatric neurosurgery. Neurosurgical Focus, 42(5), E7. doi:10.3171/2017.2.focus16579

SUSS and Level Medicine Present: Women in Surgery

SUSS and Level Medicine Present: Women in Surgery

SUSS and Level Medicine are very excited to present ‘Women in Surgery’.

Six surgeons have generously donated their time for the evening to discuss issues that face all genders in relation to work-life balance and careers in surgery.

  • Dr Julie Howle: Surgical oncologist at Westmead Hospital
  • Dr Railya Mousina: Breast surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Dr Sydney Ch’ng: Plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Dr Jonathan Hong: Colorectal surgeon at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
  • Dr Eleni Baird-Gunning: SET 4 general surgery trainee at Westmead Hospital
  • Dr Clara Morris: SET 4 ear, nose and throat surgery trainee at Westmead Hospital

All are welcome to come to hear our diverse panel share their thoughts on work-life balance, surgical training, future directions for the surgical profession, and of course their passion for surgery!

Location: KPEC Auditorium
Date: 17 April 2019
Time: 5 –  9 pm


SUSS March Journal Club: Neurosurgery

SUSS March Journal Club: Neurosurgery

SUSS invites you to the first Journal Club of 2019, where this month we’re focusing on neurosurgery!

Kimberley Dean will give us an overview of a common complication of neurosurgery – Central Diabetes Insipidus, including the role of neuroimaging, and the implications of neurosurgery on the prevalence of CDI.

Chantal Arce will be discussing the use of spinal cord stimulation in treating constant pain in patients who have exhausted other therapeutic modalities. Although the procedure is commonly performed there is some debate as to how the stimulators are placed. This study focused on patient alertness during the procedure to compare if patients that were awake had better outcomes than those that were under general anaesthesia. To be awake, or to not be awake? That is the question!

Join us at the RPA Institute for Academic Surgery on Wednesday 13th March at 6pm.

Presenters and Papers:

Kimberley Dean
Adams, N. C., Farrell, T. P., O’Shea, A., O’Hare, A., Thornton, J., Power, S., . . . Looby, S. (2018). Neuroimaging of central diabetes insipidus—when, how and findings. Neuroradiology, 60(10), 995-1012. doi:10.1007/s00234-018-2072-7
Chantal Arce
Falowski, M., Sharan, M., McInerney, M., Jacobs, M., Venkatesan, M., & Agnesi, M. (2019). Nonawake vs Awake Placement of Spinal Cord Stimulators: A Prospective, Multicenter Study Comparing Safety and Efficacy. Neurosurgery, 84(1), 198–205. https://doi.org/10.1093/neuros/nyy062
Event Details:
Date: Wednesday 13 March 2019
Time: 6pm- 7pm
Venue: RPA Institute of Academic Surgery, Cnr Brown & Missenden Rd Camperdown 2050

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Neurosurgery Grand Rounds

Sydney University Surgical Society is delighted to announce Neurosurgery Grand Rounds, presented by Dr Jonathan Parkinson.

Dr Parkinson is a neurosurgeon with subspecialty interests in brain tumor surgery, skull base surgery, minimally invasive spine surgery, surgery for degenerative spine conditions and treatment of metastatic disease to the spine.

After graduating from the University of Sydney’s medical program, he undertook advanced neurosurgical training in various NSW hospitals. On completion of his specialist training, Dr Parkinson completed a fellowship at the world-renowned University of Calgary Spine Program.

During his neurosurgery training, Dr Parkinson also completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research in University of Sydney where he studied the molecular biology of brain tumours.

Dr Parkinson is the Chair of the NSWOG Neuro-oncology committee of the Cancer Institute of NSW. He also sits on the organising commitees for annual scientific meetings of both the Co-operative Group of Neuro-oncology (COGNO) and the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia.

Dr Parkinson’s other interest is in surgical education. He is the current Surgical Supervisor of Training (in Neurosurgery) at Royal North Shore and North Shore Hospitals. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Northern Clinical School of the University of Sydney, and the Postgraduate Research and Training Lead at the newly formed Surgical Education, Research and Training (SERT) Institute at Royal North Shore Hospital.

This grand rounds will be particularly relevant to Stage 2 student in Neurology block, however students from all stages and clinical schools are welcome.

Date: 25th March 2019
Time: 7 – 8pm
Location: KPEC auditorium